Liberation is a Chess Game Utilize All Pieces!

Liberation is a Chess Game Utilize All Pieces!


peace and black power family this is
your Harlem educator author and activist brother Agyei Tyehimba. I’m filming live on
location in my beloved hometown of Harlem I want to raise with you the
classic analogy of playing checkers versus playing chess and checkers all
the pieces are the same in chess there’s six different pieces and they all move
differently they all have certain abilities and certain limitations and
certain strengths and powers that the other pieces don’t have. You have to
master not just how one piece moves but how six move, and why is this important?
Because it teaches us the principle of unity without uniformity. You got to know
how each piece moves what its specific traits are what its weaknesses are when
best to use each piece what piece is best suited for this situation or
circumstance. Now let’s apply that to politics.
Some of you beat up on Black people who have a job. Some of you beat up on Black
people that go to church. Some of you beat up on Black people who you feel are corporate
or into politics or they’re into money or whatever they’re into, but solidarity
is telling us that we are going to need various elements of our community to
pull this Black liberation project off It means we got pawns in our community.
We got bishops in our community, rooks Knights kings queens and they all have
take a rightful place in our society They all play important roles; It’s not a
matter of who’s more important who’s greater or lesser it’s a matter of who’s
the most useful with respect to this given thing. So the brother that speaks
really well the sister that can do all the dances
the person that has the most beautiful poetry the person that can
rap the best are great in a certain situation, but when people are coming
with guns firing on you those are not the people I’m calling what about you?
I’m calling the people that know how to throw these up that know how to defend
with weapons and wherever else oh but guess what if we’re trying to figure out
a cure for cancer or AIDS or hepatitis or diabetes or hypertension? I’m not
calling the people that know how to shoot well I’m now going to the people
you would call nerds who know how to deal with the microscopes who know about
that science and chemistry they may never be at the club they don’t know the
black slang they may they may not know how to do do the Nae nae I mean I know
who the hottest rapper is but when you want to find a cure for that disease
those are the people you’re going to write y’all feeling me okay when you’re
when you’re sick and you coughing up blood and you you can’t walk right in
you get all this stuff going on you know the brother or sister that’s good at uh
let’s say can break down anything under the Sun the historian that’s great we
love them but you’re not going to them when you’re sick you’re going to the
doctors the nurses the doulas the people that have a science of medicine and
healing whether they’re traditional or non-traditional homeopathic medical
practitioners because that’s what they do. So what am I saying it should be
pretty obvious. We have fallen to a very dangerous and naive trap of thinking
that we must be uniform. Unity and uniformity are two different things if
you have a school and they make your kid or kids that wear a black shirt a polo
shirt and gotta wear khaki pants they gotta wear black sneakers
that’s uniform they’re making our kids uniform
right unity might mean everybody has to wear the school wristband other than
that wear what you want as long as it’s not making you look like no tramp or no
fool in our school and bringing disgrace and dishonor to your family
that’s unity they’re going to the same place for the same basic reason they
have something that identifies them as going to this belonging to the school
body but they have the freedom to be who they are let us not make the mistake
family of thinking that everyone in our community must dress like look like
speak like us that is a tragic mistake and let me remind you that our enemy
comes in all types of forms they got white folk that they can’t play ball
dance to save their very lives but they can figure out logarithms and algorithms
though huh they can come up with they got people who are diplomatic they can’t
fight if they had to fistfight you knock them out in three minutes but the white
man values them not because they faint well but because they think well they
send them over to other nations and all they do is they have the interpersonal
intelligence to be able to know what makes this other person tick they study
the history of the person I understand their personality they able to
de-escalate crises or they’re able to broker peace agreements or or treaties
or trade agreements that’s what they do and the rest of the white community um
go man I’m diplomats assault they don’t even know how to fight all they do know
they understand that they’re playing their position
why don’t we understand this thing why are you trying to push people to fight
and that’s not their thing you’re pushing people to to solves or decode
some great disease that’s not what they do let people play their position and
then what it is you need leadership now that no skill
fully how to take these different chess pieces and give them a sense of
direction and a strategy arms and move tactics so that they can all accomplish
the goal of winning the goal of chess is not to take pieces the goal of chess is
not to see who can move this piece the best ego the goal of chess not to see
who can beat who the quickest some just chess games can last a day three hours
sometimes people play they stop they come back the next day some people play
through the phone blind chest they know the notations of the board they don’t
even have to have the physical piece in front of them and they’ll say e 1 to e 4
and they could do that and that may take months people used to play chess through
letters the writing letters family so I want to understand the goal of chess is
to capture the king and make it so the king can’t move anywhere without being
in the line of fire that’s to go if you forget that goal you might run off in
these Tanja’s you grabbing up the person’s pieces like yeah ha ha I got
more pieces than you yeah but see that may be a skillful chess player he may
have actually given you some pieces hoping you take the pieces because he or
she understands strategy and their goal was to give your defence away from your
King so they give you further and further away from your King and then in
three moves later they talking about check me because why you forgot the goal
of the game you forgot that your goal is to win don’t worry about the stuff
people talk and how hard they slam the ball when they take your piece your goal
is to win and that has different meanings relative to what we’re talking
about what is your what is winning in a relationship being in a healthy trusting
relationship the sex is phenomenal your intimacy is great you
the person relieves your stress the person understand you you can dream and
think big with the person you can work together and make each other’s lives
less stressful and less taxing you shoulder some burden they shoulder some
that’s the goal of winning in a personal relationship what’s the goal of winning
as a parent oh you want to help produce a powered self-determining a logical and
rational being that can function independently of you one day and that
will be an asset and will bring honor to you to their ancestors and to their
community you don’t want to create a bunch of people that’s gonna go out here
be a terror to their teachers be a terror to a man a woman that they get
involved with be a terror to the block right that’s the goal of winning with
respect to that so depending on what we’re talking about winning takes on a
different nature our goal is the win family don’t be satisfied with just
showing up we can win this the white man has been defeated the white man in some
respects is being defeated as we speak and he will be defeated again
he ain’t no unanimous champion of the world he’s had many defeats haven’t you
read your history different European nations had a fell how they were
conquered how their civilizations dwindled and were completely extinct
Rome is gone right it’s gone and you know what the United States has a
civilization and guess what this one will fall too so don’t think that cuz
someone’s the champ now they’re gonna be the champ forever
ask any boxing legend you know who was the champ at one point and lost at
another as some of the real champs got their champ their championship status
back that’s what we’re doing we were the champs at one time in the world and
because other people came and and used deception and fraud and violence and
religion and propaganda they stole our championship and this is why we gotta
play chess do you know in a chess game there are
more than 450 million possible moves you could make that means there’s a lot of
room for what a lot of gray area family things aren’t always so black and white
there’s a lot of room for invention being innovative thinking out the box
doing it differently we need to be less rigid and be more innovative be more
resourceful who’s to say that my way of processing something is the way for
everyone somebody may come say but I do that that doesn’t work for me okay cool
but at the end of the day we should be able to say whatever we build our lives
on whatever we spend our lives teaching and promoting and advocating it should
work for us family if it ain’t working throw that shit out or tweak it but
remember ideology is supposed to serve the people the people are not supposed
to serve ideal he needs some politicians being a politician doesn’t make you bad
being one who doesn’t have an agenda to help black people is bad working at a
job or corporation whoever is it necessarily bad being a deaf dumb blind
black Coon chicken biscuit Popeye chicken crispy tartar sauce
Negro who has no love of affinity for their people who makes that money don’t
give nothing back to their community makes you bad so we need a little bit
more strategic thinking if you play a person in chess they got six pieces all
you got is a damn team of pawns you will never miss impossible for you to win
it’s the diversity we have if properly utilized and understood that makes us
strong white people all up in your organizations are they not
the white man be on your community board the white man being in all your shit why
cuz they love you cuz they trying to be like you know because they’re trying to
take power from you and make it their own but to do that they must go to these
venues be part of these organizations it must have the ear to the ground their
finger on your post so they can take power so you can have information so
they know how to get a business license in your neighborhood
and you sit in their Toma you go to them community board means you a sellout no
they’re not a sellout than being wise they want to know the terrain that
politician who’s up there he’s getting both she’s getting votes they got
discretionary funds they have the power to give some of those discretionary
funds to your organization you need to consider that you need to use what some
of those other pieces on your team we have to play chess you know there’s
white people family they get in back rooms and they’ll be like look black
people love me I could tell him anything I can tell him buy my shit sickles
they’re sweet and will cool you in the wintertime and they’ll buy them shits
and eat them there’s white people like that the other white person who’s his
boy huh his comrade outwardly unapologetically
hates black people but they decide that white boy hates black people the very
sight of him he needs something from black people but he know he ain’t gonna
get it cuz he know black people hate him and no
he hates us so he meets in the bar with his boy who black people love and think
it’s so cool cuz he he goes to our clubs and he wears out clothes use our slang
and he plays a the saxophone or he you know whatever and they make an agreement
to overtly for him to push what that one really wants because of that one pushes
it it won’t work why don’t we think
why are we sophisticated enough to say look we both want the same thing
but I’m better I’m better suited to get it I know the white man’s language I
know how he thinks I work in his old why don’t we think like that instead what we
do is we click to put labels on people and castigate him I only will put a
label on somebody when they have nobody at work no evidence they helping us Adam
Clayton Powell was a politician right do you know his history do you know all the
stuff he did he had reverence and passes that were serious revolutionaries don’t
put people in this basket without knowing who they really are what they’re
doing and also know that part of war is deception misdirection sometimes you
want people to think something that’s not true so that you can accomplish
something so the point family is never forget the
end game the goal is the win but going to prove that you’re the biggest baddest
black revolutionary and existence the goal is to win and we have to be savvy
and strategic enough to know how to assemble the different pieces in our
community to dismantle it and and to defeat our enemy and if we can do that
family if we can get above our ego and our simplistic ways of looking at the
world and we can realize our beauty is not and being monolithic but in our
diversity and appreciating it those real light-skinned black people stuff say oh
you look white you hire yellow you know what they may be able to go in spaces
and navigate in spaces we can’t go and then may be able to get information we
will not forget let people play that position what we need is leadership to
organize people and to properly educate them if you don’t do that you’ll have
people that will give you the cosmetics of being real cro black and they just as
counter-revolutionaries diagnose way and you’ll have people that may seem to be
conservative here beneath that did three piece suit and a briefcase but they may
be straight-up revolutionary warriors
don’t ever forget that what does it take the win are you willing to do what it
takes to win because if you do we will win

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